Solons to use fest as platform
Politics will come to Park City during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, with a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser for the 2004 Presidential Fund scheduled to mark the world premiere of David Petersen’s documentary “Let the Church Say Amen.”
Screening in the American Spectrum section, the docu feature examines the struggle to maintain hope in impoverished black neighborhoods in the U.S. capital through the efforts of the World Missions for Christ Church to reach out to members whose lives are scarred by hardship.
The fund-raiser will take place Jan. 19 at the Easy Street Brasserie following the “Church” premiere. Base donation for Sundance filmmakers is $250 and for other attendees, $1000.
A Sundance spokesman said the DNC fund-raiser was not an official festival event, but merely an event like any of the many other parties or promotional gigs staged independently around a film in the lineup.
While the fest traditionally showcases documentaries of a political nature, the DNC event represents the first time Sundance has been used as a platform during an election year. Neither Sundance fest director Geoffrey Gilmore nor Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford was available for comment.